Advocate

Canada/Switzerland/Israel, 113m, DCP

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Screened January 3–16, 2020

Lea Tsemel defends Palestinians: from feminists to fundamentalists, from non-violent demonstrators to armed militants. As a Jewish-Israeli lawyer who has represented political prisoners for five decades, Tsemel, in her tireless quest for justice, pushes the praxis of a human rights defender to its limits. Advocate follows Tsemel’s caseload in real-time, including the high-profile trial of a 13-year-old boy—her youngest client to date—while also revisiting her landmark cases and reflecting on the political significance of her work and the personal price one pays for assuming the role of “devil’s advocate.” Tsemel spoke truth to power before the term became trendy and she’ll continue to do so after fear makes it unfashionable. 

In Hebrew, Arabic and English; with English subtitles.

Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival, Hot Docs International Documentary Festival

A Film Movement release.

A film by Rachel Leah Jones Philippe Bellaïche

Absorbingly up close and personal”

The Hollywood Reporter

Intimate, powerful.”

The Los Angeles Times